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Default Fresh Start- need help!

I need some advice- I took the exam 6 months ago and failed by 10 points. Since then, I've been trying to study here and there but not enough. I am going out of the country at the end of March so that leaves me with about two months (8 weeks) to retake this exam. I know that this is a long shot, but does any one have any suggestions on how I should approach this to have a shot at passing? Or a study plan?

I understand that its not much time but I have limited options. Suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
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I haven't taken the test yet but if I were in your shoes, I would start doing FA section by section. You have about 2 months which is a lot of time. Buy a USMLERx subscription and make sure you do questions from whatever section you cover in FA. This will help you apply FA's concepts and reinforce your understanding. After you're done with your initial FA read/usmlerx qbank, start doing Uworld timed, random mode. Take an NBME at the end of Feb and see where you stand, work on your weak areas for a month. You've probably already encountered just about every concept tested on the usmle, you just need to "organize your thoughts" now and going over FA will tie all the loose ends for you. Take an NBME one week out and see if you're ready for it this time. Hope this helps
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I really appreciate the advice. I have started on FA and started watching the DIT videos to help stay focused (and on track). In terms of questions, I've done the UWorld questions a couple of times now- I feel like when I see a question- 50% of the time I can pick out the answer by just looking at the multiple choice options from memorization- which isn't very helpful. The explanations are still great- but in terms of gauging progress with questions- do you think kaplan qbank is worth it? I also have FA q&a as well as FA cases. Uworld questions are just so familiar now- if I have to try a different qbank, which would you recommend?
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I really appreciate the advice. I have started on FA and started watching the DIT videos to help stay focused (and on track). In terms of questions, I've done the UWorld questions a couple of times now- I feel like when I see a question- 50% of the time I can pick out the answer by just looking at the multiple choice options from memorization- which isn't very helpful. The explanations are still great- but in terms of gauging progress with questions- do you think kaplan qbank is worth it? I also have FA q&a as well as FA cases. Uworld questions are just so familiar now- if I have to try a different qbank, which would you recommend?
Yes Kaplan is definitely worth your time and money! but don't be disappointed if your performance isn't that great at first. Their questions are kind of too detailed but make sure you read the explanations carefully. Can't comment on FA Q&A as I haven't done it but I heard its not too bad. I didn't find FA cases very helpful but then again I only read about 5 pages of it.
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i would say the time you have just keep it simple my friend. just read like anatomy from first aid and then do u world questions of anatomy and add stuff in your first aid..do to other subjects just like that.
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